News & Announcements

CALS Publishes Book on “Outspoken” Arkansas Judge

The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) has added a new book to its publishing catalog. OUTSPOKEN: The Olly Neal Story is the autobiography of civil rights activist Olly Neal Jr., Arkansas’s first black district prosecuting attorney. OUTSPOKEN was published by Butler Center Books, the nonprofit publishing project of the CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies,


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CALS Hires Liaisons to Strengthen Community Connections

The Library is working to increase outreach to Latinx and African American population

The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) has hired two community liaisons to assist with outreach to the Latinx and African American communities, Maria Aguilar and Jessica McDaniel. The new positions were approved as part of the library’s strategic plan adopted in early 2019.


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CALS Adds Juneteenth to Official Holiday Schedule

The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) has added Juneteenth to the organization’s paid holiday schedule for employees effective in 2021. The library system notes this is an important step toward building a more equitable community by acknowledging the experiences and obstacles affecting people of color, particularly those in the African American community.

“I can start by imagining how the public library can help us find ways to move our country’s policies closer to her creeds,” wrote CALS Executive Director Nate Coulter in a statement released on June 3 following the killing of George Floyd by an officer in the Minneapolis Police Department.


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Library Teams with Legal Experts to Put Virtual Sessions on Program Docket

The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) has announced a partnership with Central Arkansas Legal Services to host Lawyers in the Library, a series of presentations on navigating the unique legal challenges related to COVID-19. These presentations are conducted by legal experts and funded by grants from the Legal Services Corporation to supply disaster-related legal aid for both the pandemic and the 2019 flood.


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CALS Announces New Dates for 2020 Six Bridges Book Festival

Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) seventeenth annual Six Bridges Book Festival has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 8, through Sunday, October 11, 2020. The event will still include popular events such as Author! Author!, Little Readers Rock (in partnership with the Junior League of Little Rock), and the teen poetry competition. CALS Speaker Series author Tim O’Brien and award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson,


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2020 Six Bridges Book Festival Postponed

Due to concerns regarding the COVID-19, CALS has made the decision to postpone the Fest until the fall. We hope all will understand. CALS is currently closed until at least May 11, with all public programs suspended at least through May 9.

We had a terrific event planned for April, and we certainly thank everyone for their work.


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CALS Max Milam Library Invites Community to Dedication, Reception

The Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) Max Milam Library, 609 Aplin Avenue, Perryville, will rename its meeting room in honor of Charlie May Simon. Simon, a noteworthy author of children’s literature and nonfiction, was a resident of Perry County during the Great Depression and had a fondness for the people and lifeways of the region.


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Six Bridges Book Festival Brings New Vision for Annual Festival

CALS presents a stellar line-up for the seventeenth annual celebration of the written word

Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) presents the seventeenth annual Six Bridges Book Festival, April 23-26. More than 60 award-winning and best-selling authors, including some whose work has been adapted for the big and small screen, will discuss wide-ranging topics and genres from comedy to thrillers,


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